2 Chicago high school basketball stars injured after Englewood drive-by shooting

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — Two Chicago high school basketball stars were injured after a drive-by shooting in Englewood Monday night.

Chicago police said a 17-year-old, later identified as DePaul College Prep star Ty Johnson, and an 18-year-old woman, later identified De La Salle star TaKiya Howard were outside on the 7000 block of South Throop Street just before midnight Monday when they heard several gunshots.

Johnson was struck in the back of the head and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition, police said. Howard, who is committed to Murray State, was shot in the ear and taken to Stroger Hospital where she was stabilized.

Johnson, who is committed to Loyola University Chicago, told police shots were fired from a car but was unable to provide a description.

“Actually, I think the skull cap he was wearing saved him,” father Theodore Johnson said. “Because the bullet fell out the cap.”

His father says family is grateful this wasn’t worse.

“Surprising and shocking but God had him,” Johnson said. “I’m just thanking God we’re not talking about something else.”

No one has been taken into custody and Area One detectives are investigating. If you have any information, you can leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.

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